Ahhh….the late 70’s. I was too young to enjoy all they had to offer, and now I’m too old. Thanks a lot, Tom Ford.
Studio 54, limos (before they became gauche and gross), Qiana dresses, sneaking downstairs to do coke with Mick, Andy, Liza and Halston, –all conjure up the debauchery that Tom Ford is revisiting with his Spring 2011 Womenswear Collection. With sleazy edgy (?) photographer Terry Richardson at the helm of the ad campaign, y’aller gonna want to put your Donna Summer record on the hi-fi stereo.
How great is it that Mr. Ford asked some really great models and celebrities from several decades (and different shapes and sizes!) for his show?
“On this rainy evening in New York, Tom Ford welcomed a select few editors and guests to his Madison Avenue boutique for a secret preview of his womenswear relaunch, where they were met by “a group of beautiful greeters clad in black tie, each holding an oversized Tom Ford umbrella.” Inside, Ford treated guests like Anna Wintour, Joe Zee, Nina Garcia, and Carine Rotfield, seated in gilded bamboo chairs, to a couture-style presentation in which he introduced every model and garment, controlling the volume of the show’s music as he talked, and beginning each time with a “Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce . . .”He explained that he chose “women that inspired him” to model the clothes, and as Terry Richardson — Tom Ford’s go-to campaign photographer — and his team documented the entire event, out came a parade of models, Du Juan, Liu Wen, Karlie Kloss, Lakshmi Menon, Abbey Lee Kershaw, current Tom Ford Eyewear face Freja Beha Erichsen, Anja Rubik, Daria Werbowy, Karen Elson, Natalia Vodianova, Liya Kebede, Stella Tennant, Chanel Iman, Amber Valletta, past Tom Ford eyewear face Carolyn Murphy, Monika “Jac” Jagaciak, Lauren Hutton, and Joan Smalls in an afro, of whom Ford said, “And she just turned me straight . . .”
Mixed in with the models were a number of notables — Marisa Berenson, Rita Wilson, Julianne Moore, who blew kisses at her daughter in the audience, Farida Khelfa, Lisa Eisner, Julia Restoin Rotfield, Lou Doillon, Rachel Feinstein, Emmanuelle Seigner, Rinko Kikuchi in a “silk tulle grapefruit sheer dress with velvet trim [and] ankle strap flats in sugar pink,” and Beyonce “wiggling” in a “gold sequined dress,” her sister Solange “whooping” from the audience, as Tom Ford introduced her: “I’m definitely straight now.”
Closing the show was Daphne Guinness, of whom Ford noted: “Diamond and platinum jewelry, all her own.”
Okay…now go back and watch that tremendous fashion show again. I am.